Speedway Washing Machine
This Speedway washing machine would have been sold in New Zealand around 1930. It is a single tub washer, although there was also a twin-tub Speedway, which was a pre-cursor to the Hoovermatic. Our Speedway is a non-electric agitator style of washer made of galvanised tin with a copper exterior. The bottom is flat, and the washer stands on three legs forming a triangle. The washing machine would be filled with water, and the long metal handle on the outside of the tub pushed backwards and forwards. The handle is attached to three large metal convex domes, which lift the washing up and down as the handle moves. This movement agitates the dirt, removing it from the load of washing. Perhaps not as bad as using a washboard, but still very hard work! When the washer was to be drained, a rubber hose was attached to the side of the tub to let the water out. It would hook onto the tin when not in use. Do you have any memories of using a machine like this? Come and share your stories on our story line!